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Southampton Airport welcomes world leaders for historic D-Day 75 commemorations

Passengers at Southampton Airport found themselves at the centre of international events to mark the 75th anniversary of D-Day, when Air Force One and heads of state from across Europe landed at the airport.

Aircraft from across the world were welcomed to Southampton on Wednesday 5th June as dignitaries flew in en route to the commemorative events in Portsmouth.

Guests included the heads of state for Poland, Czech Republic, Greece, Luxembourg, and the President of France, Emmanuel Macron.

Passengers were also able to watch the close up arrival of Air Force One, which was followed by the Marine 1 helicopter carrying President Trump on his return trip from Portsmouth.

The specially marked Boeing 757 departed for the President's next stop in Ireland before heading to Normandy.

Prime Minister Theresa May also passed through the airport on Thursday 6th June on her way to events on the beaches of Normandy.

The airport say extra staff were on duty to deliver the extra special airside operations, and there was a large police presence around the entire airport campus to ensure everything went smoothly.

Managing Director Neil Garwood, said: "From the first flight of the Spitfire off our airfield in 1936 to the thousands of troops stationed here throughout the conflict, our airport is indelibly linked to World War 2.

"It is very humbling to be able to play even a small part in these magnificent commemorative events and we are extremely proud to have been able to help bring so many nations together to recognise the sacrifices made 75 years ago.

"We may not see a day like this for a very long while, and it will live long in the memory of everyone who works here."

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